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Omer Fast: open Zoom discussion part of Highline- Remote Control: Surveying Drones and Culture Today

“Shifting Focus: Representing Drones” Panel discussion, online via Zoom Friday, February 11, 12–1:30pm ET Featuring Sam Durant, artist; Omer Fast, artist; and Sonia Kennebeck, filmmaker and journalist; moderated by Melanie Kress, High Line Art Associate Curator register here Online and in-person at The Clemente. High Line Art, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, and writer and researcher Arthur Holland Michel present Remote Control: Surveying Drones and Culture Today, a symposium examining contemporary intersections of drones and drone warfare, arts, and culture. The symposium takes place online and in person, and features performances, and panel discussions, with leading experts, artists, activists, academics, and practitioners across diverse disciplines. The symposium is the second hosted in concert with Sam Durant’s High Line Plinth commission Untitled (drone), a large-scale art commission that intends to increase visibility around intentionally obscured drone warfare and surveillance perpetuated by the US. For detailed event descriptions, please visit thehighline.org, veralistcenter.org, or the registration page. “Soundscapes of Conflict” In-person at The Clemente, New York 107 Suffolk Street New York, NY 10002 Wednesday, February 9, 6–8pm ET Performance: Guillermo Galindo with The New School students, Remote Control  Followed by a conversation featuring Guillermo Galindo, composer and artist; and Raven Chacon, composer and artist; moderated by Christoph Cox, philosopher, critic, and curator. Co-presented with The Clemente “Imaging War: Drones from the Ground” Panel discussion, online via Zoom Thursday, February 10, 12–1:30pm ET Featuring Hajra Waheed, artist; Aziz Hazara, artist; and Saks Afridi, Ali Rez, and Assam Khalid, artists and collaborators “Algorithms and Warfare” Panel discussion online via Zoom Thursday, February 10, 6–7:30pm ET Featuring Lucy Suchman, Professor Emerita, Anthropology of Science and Technology, Lancaster University, UK; Erik Lin-Greenberg, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; moderated by Arthur Holland Michel, writer and researcher “Shifting Focus: Representing Drones” Panel discussion, online via Zoom Friday, February 11, 12–1:30pm ET Featuring Sam Durant, artist; Omer Fast, artist; and Sonia Kennebeck, filmmaker and journalist; moderated by Melanie Kress, High Line Art Associate Curator “Surfacing the War on Terror Today” Panel discussion, online via Zoom Friday, February 11, 3–4:30pm ET Featuring Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project; Chantal Meloni, International Crimes and Accountability, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) ; Spencer Ackerman, journalist and author; moderated by Madiha Tahir, journalist and filmmaker Closing Speaker: activist Kathy Kelly Online via Zoom Friday, February 11, 4:30pm ET Support The Vera List Center’s participation in Remote Control is made possible, in part, by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the Kettering Fund, as well as the members of the Vera List Center Board and The New School. To learn more about the Vera List Center, visit veralistcenter.org. Lead support for High Line Art comes from Amanda and Don Mullen. Major support is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, and Charina Endowment Fund. Additional support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. High Line Art is supported in part, with a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson. Major support for the High Line Plinth is provided by members of the High Line Plinth Committee and contemporary art leaders committed to realizing major commissions and engaging in the public success of the Plinth: Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, Jennifer and Jonathan Allan Soros, Elizabeth Belfer, Suzanne Deal Booth, Fairfax Dorn, Steve Ells, Kerianne Flynn, Andy and Christine Hall, Hermine Riegerl Heller and David B. Heller, J. Tomilson and Janine Hill, The Holly Peterson Foundation, Annie Hubbard and Harvey Schwartz, Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Amanda and Don Mullen, Douglas Oliver and Sherry Brous, Mario Palumbo and Stefan Gargiulo, Susan and Stephen Scherr, Susan and David Viniar, and Anonymous. To learn more about High Line Art, visit thehighline.org/art.      

Online screening of Omer Fast ‘5000 Feet is the Best’ on e-flux Video & Film

e-flux Video & Film will is online screening Omer Fast’s 5000 Feet is the Best (2011), on view from Tuesday, April 6 through Monday, April 19, 2021. 5000 Feet is the Best is based on conversations with a U.S. Predator drone operator, that were recorded in a Las Vegas hotel. On-camera, the drone operator discussed the technical aspects of his job and his daily routine. Off-camera and off-the-record, he briefly described incidents in which the unmanned plane fired at both militants and civilians. The film repeatedly turns from documentary to reenactment and fiction, weaving together the drone operator’s account along with scenes depicting other crimes in and around Las Vegas. 5000 Feet is the Best is presented here as one of four films in Part Five | Faux Documentary and Complex Reality the last of five programs in the online series True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’  Films programmed by Lukas Brasiskis for e-flux Video & Film. True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films runs from February 9 through April 19, 2021. The films in each part will screen for two weeks with a repeat screening of films in all programs on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.